When we think of business success and great entrepreneurship, we are often drawn to the great personalities behind large global corporations.
We view these thought leaders as examples of triumph in the business world, but the teams behind them who support their efforts and help turn those visions into reality are often not seen.
To take your business to the next level, you need a strong team around you who bring essential skills and invest in the future of your business.
Recruiting such a team is one of the first challenges in the company. Once you find them, the next thing is to keep them.
There are many reasons why employees leave their jobs, but the lack of development opportunities is one of the most common. These are just three ways to keep your team happy:
Passion creates productivity. Therefore, you should encourage your team to take action and get involved in their industry, also outside of your own company.
Business hubs like the 3M Buckley Innovation Center are a great opportunity to do this. With connections to experts from across industries as well as the University of Huddersfield, this fantastic space offers fantastic opportunities for new and established businesses alike to grow and develop.
2. Get involved
Your employees have needs as individuals in the workplace. And when things seem to be going as usual, you may be inclined to assume that those needs are being met and therefore your employees are happy with their role. After all, if you’re doing well, there’s no need to change your mind, is there?
However satisfied they may appear outwardly, employees sometimes have the feeling that they are not getting what they really want from their role. This can be further training opportunities, a higher salary or greater flexibility in working life. Whatever they’re looking for, be sure to stay engaged and communicate so that they give you a chance to articulate their goals.
Check back often and work on cultivating positive relationships that encourage your employees to be open-minded.
Trust is an important factor in employee development.
People don’t like being micromanaged or having the feeling that their competence is not being recognized. It is important that your employees feel valued and have development opportunities in the context of their daily tasks.
While it can be difficult to let go of important business responsibilities, delegation is beneficial for both you and your employees. It takes work off your to-do list and allows them to expand their skills and try new things.
Development is the key to the growth of your company and the satisfaction of your employees. As Richard Branson famously once said, “Train people well enough to walk and treat them so well that they don’t want to.”
Follow these three development tips and your team will be sure to develop under your leadership.